Who’s the Boss? sequel series in the works at Sony Pictures TV
28 years after the last episode of Who’s the Boss? aired in April 1992, Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Television is currently developing a sequel series to ABC’s award-winning classic 80s sitcom, with lead stars Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano attached to return. If the project scores a series order, Danza and Milano will be reprising their star-making roles as father and daughter Tony and Samantha Micelli, respectively.
Set to take place 30 years after the events of the original series, the sequel will center around former Major League Baseball player/retired housekeeper Tony Micelli and his relationship with his daughter Samantha Micelli. She is now a single mother, living in the house the original series was set in. The new series is expected to explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020.
Who’s the Boss? sequel will be executive produced by Norman Lear (One Day at a Time) along with ACT III Productions’ Brent Miller. Danza and Milano have also signed on as executive producers along with Dan Farah of Farah Films. They’re currently planning to shop the project to networks or streamers, which is a deal that will also include the rights to the original’s 196 episodes.
Potentially joining Danza and Milano are original cast members Judith Light and Danny Pintauro, who portrayed the roles of Angela and Jonathan, are reportedly open to find creative ways that will bring back their characters for the sequel. The only original cast member that won’t be appearing is Katherine Helmond, who passed away last year at the age of 89. She played the fan-favorite role of Mona.
Who’s the Boss? ran on-air for eight seasons from 1984-1992 on ABC. Despite being set in the late 80s, the sitcom had defied those times’ gender roles and stereotypical traditions by presenting a modern family that new generations could still be able to relate to. During its run, it had garnered numerous nods including 10 Emmy nominations and 5 Golden Globe nominations with the late Katherine Helmond winning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1989.